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Pressley: Saturday's game won't define our season

14 April 2016

The Cod Army can move above the Latics with a win

Steven Pressley has labelled Saturday’s fixture against Oldham as a massive game but believes it isn’t one that will define the season.

Town sit just a place below the Latics in the Sky Bet League One standings, and know a win would lift them above John Sheridan’s outfit.

Conor McLaughlin’s late header at Southend last week extended the Cod Army’s unbeaten run to four games, while Oldham were beaten 2-1 at Barnsley on Tuesday.

Ahead of the game, Pressley said: “Oldham were exactly what I expected when I went to watch them on Tuesday. They were very hard working side who showed good unity.

“They haven't suffered too many setbacks over the past months, and we’re going to be at the top of our game to get the correct result.

“They’ve got a very good support base behind them at the moment, and I’d imagine they’ll bring that support to Highbury so it’s a very tough game.

“It’s a massive game and we’re very much aware of that. It’s not a defining game though and it will not decide whether we stay in the league or not.

“It’s a big week for us with three games in seven day but every week is big. I don’t think we should be more motivated for the Oldham game than a game early in the season.

“For me every game is as important as the next, and again it’s a significant game but the mentality of my players should be about winning this one.”

In terms of team news, Pressley will be without three players on Saturday and has doubts over the fitness of a couple more.

He added: “We still have a few players out injured for this game. The likes of Bob Harris, Danny Andrew and Shola Ameobi will miss out unfortunately.

“We’ve got one or two slight concerns over a couple of others but we’re optimistic about them, and should that be the case then we’ll have a similar squad to choose from.”

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